Three-star linebacker Chandler Wooten will announce which school he’s committed to Friday, though he’s known whom he’d choose for quite some time. In his mind, he’s already committed to that school.
“I’m silently committed simply because I wanted to wait until I got spring football out of the way so I can just stay focused and finish out the school year strong,” Wooten told Wesley Sinor of AL.com. “The school, I like the coaching staff and the atmosphere and how comfortable I am.”
The 6-foot-2, 227-pounder ranked the No. 30 outside linebacker in the Class of 2017 has teetered between three SEC programs—Auburn, Florida and Tennessee—and given the lack of details in his words, it’s impossible to tell which school he’ll ultimately choose.
Auburn had long been the frontrunner to land Wooten, until Tennessee ramped up its recruiting.
“I honestly didn’t give Tennessee a fair shot up until maybe January or February. That’s when they really started recruiting me,” Wooten told AL.com. “Up until then we really weren’t in contact.”
Wooten went on record as saying how he could “definitely” see himself playing for Auburn, but said that his “dream” was to play for Florida.
“It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to go (to Florida) and fulfill my dream and play for one of the best defensive coaches in the nation, Coach (Randy) Shannon,” he said. “It’s something I’d definitely want to do.”
Wooten seems to be drawn more to Tennessee and Auburn, as those are the schools he admits to having the most contact with, which he says is “almost daily.”
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